Monday, November 21, 2011

A Backyard is Born

We've owned our home for 6 years and this is what the backyard has always looked like. Our excuses were these: Scott's too busy to work on it, Tami's not cut-out for yard work, we can't afford to pay a landscaper, etc. After a few years of griping, nagging and procrastinating, I just threw some sand toys back there and gave up hope. When fall hit the valley this year (with a heap load of gorgeous weather), and we added one more noise maker to the ranks of our cooped-up kids, I decided I would wait no longer. I must have a yard. I must! I prayed that God would provide a way. I demanded that my husband make it happen. I think Eric's willingness to help gave him extra motivation. (My threats to open a credit card and pay for it myself probably motivated him too.) But he did it! And he did it so well. I have bright green grass and a planter for vegetables, and my quality of life has already improved ten fold. Thank you Eric, Scott and Phillip for helping! I LOVE my new backyard.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Halloween 2011

Our Halloween was, as usual, an extended event. We attended two parties in addition to the actual trick-or-treating, ate more candy than I care to mention, and took more pictures than I care to post. Here are the highlights. First off, take a look at the fantastic costume that Nolan and I made together and he later refused to wear...

When he suddenly decided, on the night of our church Trunk or Treat party, that he was too embarrased to wear this in public, his Grandma Wellman ran out and bought him a motorcross costume that seemed to satisfy. Thank heaven she was there to save the day and to help me out with the kids at the party (Scott was off scouting with the young men that night - although, I got a couple pictures of him before he left).

And here are our fun friends and trunk buddies, the Levanders...

Darah made that cute pumpkin hat for Reed. All the kids were SO cute in their costumes.
Then there was the family party. Always awesome.

Chrysta's husband Jonny was able to prevail in the potato sack races this year, which was exciting because usually no one can beat Eric. I love living so close to family - they make the holidays so great :)